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Mickey and guest co-host Michael Levitin address four social-justice and environmental issues:
With a measure to legalize recreation marijuna use on November's California ballot, Mark Armstrong explains how creating a state bank
 -- among other benefits -- could aid the financial side of marijuana growing.
Adam Carpinelli looks at what's behind the recent prison-work strikes, and summarizes the cases of some US political prisoners.
Sarah van Gelder discusses the historic Standing Rock resistance to the Dakota-Access Pipeline.
Finally, David Reed explains some of the regulatory  complexities surrounding fracking in California.

Program Notes:

Mark Armstrong is co-founder of the Public Banking Institute.
Adam Carpinelli is with the Jericho Movement; he also hosts a KBOO-FM program that focuses on prison issues.
Sarah van Gelder is cofounder and editor of YES Magazine.
David Reed is managing director of the Environmental Action Center in Washington, DC.
In the first half of the program, Shahid Buttar discusses the chapter he wrote for Censored 2017, 
"Ike's Distopian Dream," where he examines the many ways that President Eisenhower's warning 
about the military-industrial complex has proven correct.
For the second half of the program, Mickey and Peter survey some of the other chapters of Censored 2017, 
particularly Peter's chapter, "Selling Empire, War and Capitalism," a look at the advertising / public relations industry,
and how its influence extends far beyond peddling consumer products. 
Project Censored has just released its latest yearbook of stories under-reported or misreported by U.S. corporate media.
On today's program, Peter and Mickey speak to three individuals who contributed to, or edited, "Censored 2017."
Andy Lee Roth co-edited the book with Mickey; he also teaches sociology at Citrus College in southern California.
Nolan Higdon edited the "Junk Food News and News Abuse" chapter; he also teaches at several northern California colleges.
Mnar Muhawesh contributed the No. 8 censored story in this year's volume, about the economic roots of the Syrian conflict;
she is the founder of the online news service Mint Press News.
In the first half-hour, author and professor Carol Anderson 
rejoins the Project Censored Show to discuss structural racism in the US, 
especially in the context of the presidential campaign.

In the second half of the program, human-rights activists Hector Aristizabal and 
Isabel Garcia speak about conditions on the US-Mexico border, and how multiple 
US administrations have enforced border policies that bring death to many immigrants.  
They also discuss the Border Convergence taking place October 7 - 10.
Carol Anderson is Professor of African-American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, 
and the author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth Of Our Racial Divide."

Hector Aristizabal is an artist and human-rights activist, and the founder of Imaginaction.
Isabel Garcia is co-chair of the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, an organization that campaigns 
for immigrant rights, and opposes militarization of the border.
This program was recorded prior to the Border Convergence.

Peter and Mickey spend the hour in discussion with Mark Crispin Miller, NYU professor and media critic.
Their conversation included both critiques of corporate media's recent performance (such as its coverage 
of the presidential campaign), and also ongoing developments that threaten freedom of the press and 
of thought (for example, the engagement of big PR firms by federal agencies).  
Banned-Books Week 2016 is here, and Mickey spends the hour in conversation with three
defenders of the "freedom to read." They explore some of the ways in which students'
access to books can be inhibited. In keeping with this year's BBW theme of "diversity",
the guests note that most books targeted for removal from school library shelves
are by and about people of color, LGBT individuals, or people with disabilities.

Emily Knox teaches at the University of Illinois, and is the author of "Book Banning in 
21st Century America." James LaRue is the director of the American Library Association's
Office of Intellectual Freedom. James Tager is the manager of PEN America's Free-Expression

In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, today's guest is Tony Rooke, 
producer of the recent documentary "Incontrovertible." The film focuses on the question, 
why did World Trade Center Building 7 fall, when it was not struck by a plane? 
"Incontrovertible" also is unique among 9/11 documentaries in that most of the individuals in the film 
are emergency responders - firefighters or police. 

Peter Phillips and guest co-host Michael Levitan spend the hour with Brian Wilson, the peace activist who survived 
being run over by a munitions train during a demonstration at a California naval base 29 years ago. Wilson recounts 
his transformation from Vietnam-War hawk to veteran to antiwar organizer, and also explains the connections between 
the peace movement and the environmental movement. Also on the program is film-maker Bo Boudart, who produced 
and directed a new documentary about Brian Wilson, "Paying the Price for Peace."


For the first half of the program, Peter and Mickey speak with author and Code-Pink
cofounder Medea Benjamin; her new book, "Kingdom of the Unjust," examines the 
history of U.S.-Saudi Arabian relations, and how the two governments remain close
despite the Saudis' repressing their own population, fighting a war in Yemen, 
and promoting the Wahabist version of Islam across the Mideast and beyond.
In the second half-hour, investigative journalist Greg Palast speaks about his
latest investigations into voter disenfranchisement, which is carried out primarily 
(but not exclusively) by Republican secretaries of state. Palast has a new article in 
the Rolling Stone, and a forthcoming documentary film, "The Best Democracy Money
Can Buy."
Mickey speaks with two authors in the new "Hot Books" series. First, Nicholas Schou discusses 
"Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood." Then Alexander Zaitchik 
describes his study of Trump voters, "Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America." 
Also on hand for the hour is author David Talbot, the founder and editorial director of Hot Books; 
he explains its mission, and describes some of the other titles in the Hot Books series. 


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